More than 80 percent of Democrats say they believe Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn) should be stripped of his powerful chairmanship in the Senate if he ends up supporting a Republican filibuster of health care reform, according to a new poll.
Fine, but ineffectual. The only way to punish Lieberman is to take away his power and his voice. He derives his strength on both accounts from the 60 vote rule. The only way to shut him up is to quietly whip up the 50 votes for reconciliation, or enough support for the nuclear option.